Eclectica Contemporary2024-02-14T10:47:01+02:00
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ECLECTICA CONTEMPORARY

With an increasing focus on African Art around the world, Eclectica Contemporary aims to present a carefully selected and focused collection of art from the continent that interrogates issues facing us in a globalized world. The art at Eclectica Contemporary often showcases practices and materials from art history but which push these boundaries and explore uncharted territories of representation, technique and theory.

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Eclectica Contemporary sees itself as an African gallery with an international vision. We celebrate the diversity and depth of art making on our continent while aiming to contextualize it for a growing global market.

Our program of exhibitions shows a mix of solo shows by gallery artists alongside curated group shows. In addition, the Eclectica Contemporary exhibition space has facilities for experimental, new media and project-based works.

EXHIBITIONS

“Ard Al-Alawaa” The Banners Land

"Ard Al-Alawaa" The Banners Land Invest Cape Town Art Fair Solo Booth Eclectica Contemporary is thrilled to be presenting ‘Ard Al-Alawaa’ by Ibrahim Khatab in the Investec Cape Town Art Fair Solo Booth. The showcasing will be presenting Khatab’s latest artistic endeavours which centres around the removal of street advertisements from a significant staircase connecting two contrasting neighbourhoods in Cairo. The process of painting allows Khatab to capture the essence of daily life, addressing societal issues, and incorporating the cultural depth conveyed through Arabic calligraphy. Beyond its cultural significance, the exhibition aims to unravel a profound narrative, showcasing the evolution of society and the imprints left by countless individuals. It delves into the intricate fabric of Cairo's urban landscape, providing a visual exploration of the city's rich tapestry. Download Catalogue Ibrahim Khatab Elevator-Alizeh I (The Alizeh Elevator) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Elevator-Alizeh II (The Alizeh Elevator) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Raqqisat Ala al-Jidar I (Dancers on the Wall) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Raqqisat Ala al-Jidar II (Dancers on the Wall) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Ard Al-Lawaa I (The Banner's Land) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Ard Al-Lawaa II (The Banner's Land) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Ard Al-Lawaa III (The Banner's Land) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Ard Al-Lawaa IV (The Banner's Land) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Ard Al-Lawaa V (The Banner's Land) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Ard Al-Lawaa VI (The Banner's Land) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Ard Al-Lawaa VII (The Banner's Land) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm Ibrahim Khatab Ard Al-Lawaa VIII (The Banner's Land) 2024 Mixed media on wood 120 x 120 cm

Not Everything is Black and White

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2024 Not Everything is Black and White “Not Everything is Black and White" In a world often perceived in absolutes, where certainty seems comforting, we invite you to challenge the notion that reality can be neatly categorised into binaries. 'Not Everything is Black and White' considers the multifaceted nature of existence, where ambiguity reigns and perspectives diverge. This exhibition serves as a reminder that life, in its true essence is filled with colour but also many shades of gray. Through a presentation of diverse artistic expressions, we navigate the gray areas, unveiling the richness hidden within the spectrum of experience. From the subtle gradations of emotion to the nuanced layers of identity, each artwork beckons the viewer to contemplate the myriad hues that compose the human condition. Whether through the strokes of a painter's brush or the lens of a photographer's camera, we are confronted with the beauty found in uncertainty and the profundity of the unknown. Join us on a journey beyond the confines of black and white, where the true essence of life reveals itself in all its kaleidoscopic brilliance. ‘Not Everything is Black and White’ invites you to explore, to question, and to celebrate the boundless complexity of our shared reality. Download Catalogue Kyu-Sang Lee Idea No. 1 2023 Giclee print on Hahnemühle photo rag 94.1 × 136.2 cm (Unframed) 96 x 138 cm (Framed) Edition 2/8 + 2AP Kyu-Sang Lee Instant Crush 2023 Giclee print on Hahnemühle photo rag 92 × 102 cm (Unframed) Edition of 8 + 2AP Kyu-Sang Lee Sigil No. 1 2023 Giclee print on Hahnemühle photo rag 94.1 × 136.2 cm (Unframed) 96 x 138 cm (Framed) Edition of 8 + 2AP Kyu-Sang Lee Tacet and the Portrait of a Headless 2023 Giclee print on Hahnemühle photo rag 94.1 × 136.2 cm (Unframed) 96 x 138 cm (Framed) Edition of 8 + 2AP Nedia Were The Kissing Couples I Acrylic on canvas 118 x 100 cm Nedia Were The Kissing Couples II Acrylic on canvas 118 x 100 cm Nedia Were The Kissing Couples III Acrylic on canvas 118 x 100 cm Shaquille-Aaron Keith The Art is Burnout 2024 Mixed media 122 x 152.5 cm Johannes Phokela Original Sin 2023 Oil on canvas 120 x 80 cm Williams Chechet Wisemen 2020 Archival Giclée Print 101 x 85.5 x 5 cm (Framed) Edition 1 of 5 Williams Chechet We’re Still Dreaming 2023 Digital Print on hahnemühle Museum Etching 350 gsm 86 x 91.5 x 5 cm (Framed) Edition 1 of 5 Williams Chechet Journey of Redemption 2023 Digital Print on hahnemühle Museum Etching 350 gsm 86 x 99.5 x 5 cm (Framed) Edition 2 of 5 Williams Chechet August Meeting 2023 Digital Print on hahnemühle Museum Etching 350 gsm 72 x 99.5 x 5 cm

Architecture & Art: Physical & Metaphysical

Eclectica Contemporary is honoured to present Architecture and Art: Physical and Metaphysical - a solo presentation by contemporary artist Lars Fisherdick. Drawing inspiration from principles of Architecture, Geometry and fine art his most recent body of work showcases a personal touch on the architect turned sculptor’s practice and methodology. 

Dark Forest

Entering the Dark Forest, we find the fractal beauty of trees and mossy ravines reflected in deep waters. Small crisp flickering marks merge and dissolve on the picture's surface, whilst Layzell's abstract canvases never lose their characteristic deep recession of space. Large swathes of vigorously moving, veiled and dripping paint suggest the movement, patterns and texture of rock, plant matter and water.

Much Love, Kelani Fatai

Eclectica Contemporary is pleased to end of the year on a gentle note with a new solo presentation ‘Much Love, Kelani Fatai.’ This exhibition marks the debut solo presentation of the emerging artist.

Wake Up, We’re Still Dreaming

William Chechet - Wake Up, We're Still Dreaming William Chechet is a visual artist based in Nigeria. The artist was born in Kano, but was raised in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, where he draws a lot of inspiration from in his artistic practice. Chechet has received a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Chechet strongly believes that art has the power to heal, inspire and bring people together. The artist is well known for his explosive Pop Art collages that overlap images of popular culture with archival  imagery of his Northern Nigerian heritage and nobility, and its historical tradition of horse-riding.  In Wake Up, We're Still Dreaming William Chechet pushes the technique of collage to alert his viewers and audiences on how history is constructed and framed.  In taking apart everyday materials, the artist breathes a new life and function to the imagery. In this act of making Chechet captures a new truth to the photographed subject beyond the colonial gaze. The technique of collage affords the artist plenty of opportunities to re-make history and trim away the colonial inheritances of cultural images. Collage and Pop-art both serve as powerful tools for introspection and critiquing everyday structures that govern the lives of the post-colonial subject. Wake up, We're Still Dreaming relays this important message of the artist. These new bodies of work capture the world of his Wisemen where we come to see the various moments of Upsurge and Redemption being carved out by Chechet.  The show will be on view at Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town from the 2nd November until 6th December 2023.  Download Catalogue Williams Chechet Wisemen 2020 Archival Giclée Print 101 x 85.5 x 5 cm (Framed) Edition 1 of 5 Williams Chechet Heavy is the Head 2020 Archival Giclée Print 86 x 99.5 x 5 cm (Framed) Edition 1 of 5 Williams Chechet We’re Still Dreaming 2023 Digital Print on hahnemühle Museum Etching 350 gsm 86 x 91.5 x 5 cm (Framed) Edition 1 of 5 Williams Chechet August Meeting 2023 Digital Print on hahnemühle Museum Etching 350 gsm 72 x 99.5 x 5 cm (Framed) Edition 1 of 5 Williams Chechet Journey of Redemption 2023 Digital Print on hahnemühle Museum Etching 350 gsm 86 x 99.5 x 5 cm (Framed) Edition 1 of 5 Williams Chechet Reclamation 2023 Digital Print on hahnemühle Museum Etching 350 gsm 72 x 99.5 x 5 cm (Framed) Edition 1 of 5

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